The governor of the state of Kaduna, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has called for the abandonment of the idea of political zoning positions in favor of competition.
El-Rufai offered his thoughts on a prologue entitled “Defeating a particular headline – The Nigerian experience,” which contributed to a book entitled “The power of possibilities and exchange policy in Nigeria,” written by the Director-General of the Progressive Governors. Forum, Salihu Lukman.
Before the elections of 2023, there is already talk of the South producing the next president, with President Muhammadu Buhari del Norte currently serving his second term.
Some vital political offices at the state level are also rotated among the various ethnic groups or areas. But El-Rufai has now described the zoning of political positions as a barrier to political equality.
He said: “Even with our success in the 2015 elections, there is room for improvement. Barriers to political equality, as our seemingly entrenched, albeit informal, rule for zoning applications according to regions of origin, must be dismissed and finally abandoned in favor of an emphasis on qualification, competence, and character.
“The financing of parties, candidates, and campaigns remains opaque. “Wild inequalities mark many African countries, and a handful of individuals have the means to hold the process hostage.
“We must work to finance the parties through limited and fully disclosed donations and annual fees payable for each registered member of the party.”